Biology

Biology

Bachelors of Science, Biology 

 

Program Description

The Mission of the Department is based on the premise that future advances in biology critically depend on adopting and implementing a holistic approach that incorporates a wide range of interrogatory tools. The Biology Program at Edward Waters College prepares students for careers in the Biological Sciences. The curriculum in Biology is designed, in general, to prepare students for employment, graduate studies and for productive lives which require an understanding of the scientific world. General and specialized knowledge are addressed by curricula consisting of core, supportive and elective courses. The Biology Program is recognized for excellence in teaching, research, and service in the region. Currently, the Biology Program is an integral part of the Department of Mathematics and Science. The Biology Program engages students in basic research that spans multiple levels of biological organization, ranging from the cell to interactions among organisms and their environment and encompasses the full range of organismal diversity. The research mission is oriented toward “basic” science.

The field of biology encompasses living systems across several levels from molecular to ecological. In the biology major, students have the opportunity to explore the biological sciences across these levels. Students gain an understanding of interactions between organisms and their environments (including biomedical and evolutionary perspectives). Pedagogically, emphasis is on lab-centered, hands-on learning rather than the traditional lecture format. Ethical complexities of biological research are integrated throughout the curriculum.

For more information, contact Dr. Nakamuthu Sundaralingam, Chair, at (904) 470-8222 or send an e-mail to nsundar@ewc.edu.

 

Biology Program Learning Outcomes

Outcome #1: Upon completion of the B.S. degree, the student will be able to make oral presentation to describe the characteristics of living organisms.

Outcome #2: Upon completion of the B.S. degree, the student will be able to use data analysis methods and instrumentation including computer systems to solve problems in biological science.

Outcome #3: Upon completion of the B.S. degree, the student will be able to think critically when using the scientific method to study the natural world.

Outcome #4: Upon completion of the B.S. degree, the student will develop writing skills to explain the classification system for the organization of life.

Outcome #5:  Upon completion of the B.S. degree, the student will be able to read and understand materials involving scientific terms used in the biological sciences software and technology.

 

In order to be admitted into our program, a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. The student must complete and submit the “Formal” application for admission into the program. The application must contain the student’s full name, classification, GPA, address, and phone number.
  2. The student must have a GPA of at least 2.0.
  3. The student must complete a minimum of 30 hours of General Education Courses with at least a letter grade of “C”, including the following courses:

ENG 101, Freshman Composition I

ENG 102, Freshman Composition II

SPC 200, Fundamentals of Speech

MAT 104, College Algebra OR MAT 251, Trigonometry and MAT 255, Pre-calculus

  1. The student must have passed General Biology I, with at least a C
  2. A student must successfully complete a written assignment from the Department Chair which must be taken at the time of the submission of the application.

 

Requirements to get into Minor in Biology (19 – 20 Credits):

The purpose of this minor is to prepare undergraduate students in the discipline of biology while the student is pursuing a major in another field of study. This minor would apply to students majoring in the following disciplines but is not limited to these fields:  Mathematics, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Psychology and Business Administration.

For a minor in biology, students must complete successfully at least 19/20 semester hours including the laboratory activities. The following table provides the required and other suggested additional courses for minor in biology. Students who want to get a minor in biology must meet the pre-requisite requirement prior to taking the courses listed below.  Please see the catalog description for each course listed to get information regarding pre-requisite(s).

 

Suggested Courses for the Minor in Biology

Required Courses:
**BIO 251 General Biology I w/Lab 4
BIO 252 General Biology II w/Lab 4
Additional Courses (Choose minimum of eleven/twelve hours.)
BIO 305 Zoology w/Lab 4
BIO 306 Botany w/Lab 4
BIO 310 Genetics w/Lab 4
BIO 321 Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab 4
BIO 322 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab

(Please Note: Pre-requisite (BIO 321) for this course must be met before taking this course)

4
BIO 330 Microbiology w/Lab 4
BIO 400 Ecology 3
BIO 412 Cell Biology w/Lab 4
Total Minimum Requirements for the Minor in Biology 19/20

**IF BIO 251 IS PART OF ANOTHER REQUIREMENT IN THE DEGREE PLAN AND THOSE FOUR CREDITS DO NOT COUNT TOWARD THE BIOLOGY MINOR, THEN THE STUDENT MAY CHOOSE ANY 300 OR 400 CREDIT BIO COURSE OF EITHER 3 OR 4 CREDITS. 

 

Career Opportunities

The Biology Department prepares students for careers in the following fields:

  • Medicine
  • Research Scientist
  • Science Educator
  • Science Technologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Allied Health Professional
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Environmental Science